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CAIR-WA: American Muslim ‘Gold Star’ Father to Speak at Muslim Civil Rights Group’s Fundraiser

chapter logos washingtonEvent also features WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Mariners announcer Tom Hutyler and CAIR-WA’s civil rights clients

(SEATTLE, WA, 5/2/2017) – On Sunday, May 7, Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain and Purple Heart recipient Humayun Khan and one of a number of American Muslim “Gold Star” parents nationwide, will speak at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Washington state (CAIR-WA) in Bellevue, Wash.  

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and details are available at www.cairseattle.org/banquet

[NOTE: Khizr Khan will be available for interviews via phone starting immediately until Friday, May 5. He will be available for in-person interviews in the Seattle-area from the afternoon of Sunday, May 7 until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 8.]

The event will also feature Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Seattle Mariners announcer Tom Hutyler, among many others, as well as an awards celebration in which Attorney General Ferguson and his staff will receive the “Ally for Justice” award for their public support of American Muslim families and children, and their legal challenge to the unconstitutional “Muslim Ban.”

WHAT:  American Muslim ‘Gold Star’ father to speak at American Muslim civil rights group’s fundraiser

WHEN:  Sunday, May 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

WHERE:  Meydenbauer Convention Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: A number of Seattle-area Muslim U.S. military veterans are available for interviews immediately and at the event. Khizr Khan will be available for interviews via phone starting immediately until Friday, May 5.  He will be available for in-person interviews in the Seattle-area from the afternoon of Sunday, May 7 until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 8.

CONTACT:  CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, Email: abukhari@cair.com; Phone: 206.931.3655 

“CAIR-WA is an efficiently-run, high-performance organization, with five staff members, numerous interns, some 100 volunteers statewide, and an office near downtown Seattle.  CAIR-WA’s total expenses in 2016 averaged $18,000 per month.  We rely almost entirely on donations from local community members,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

SEE: www.cairseattle.org/ourfinancials

Bukhari cited CAIR-WA’s numerous accomplishments during 2016, including:

 

  • Responded to about 400 complaints from local Muslims and resolved over 50 cases just in 2016, all at zero cost to our clients.
  • Held 20 results-focused meetings with local Muslims and leaders like Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle & Spokane City Councils, resulting in leaders making media and other public statements affirming American Muslims’ everyday lives & contributions to our nation and to local communities.
  • Had a major political party pass a resolution (click here to read it) recognizing contributions of American Muslims at its state convention.
  • Trained 50 diverse local Muslims to speak effectively to media, resulting in more than 10,000 media mentions with diverse spokespersons.”

 

About American Muslims:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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